Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-03-2014, 09:39 AM   #1
New Member
 
1969 21' Globetrotter
Banner Elk , North Carolina
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1
Is it road worthy.

I am looking at a 1973 Airstream and it has been parked and not used for a few years. Before this the trailer was not used on the road for quite a few years, but parked and lived in. I want to use this on the road and wonder if it would be worth buying. The owner has had a small heater inside to protect the interior while not in use. I wonder if this is workable for what I need? I am worried about the running gear.
__________________

__________________
dennydwk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2014, 10:26 AM   #2
Rivet Master
 
mandolindave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2,116
Images: 4
I have a 1973 Argosy

Don't bother worrying about the running gear, just accept that you need to replace tires, brakes and bearings. The propane fridge is probably ready to fail, as is the water heater. The original charger will cook your batteries, and the battery will most likely need to be replaced. Check for rotted floor and signs of leaks. But you didn't give us enough info. How much does he want for it? Are you handy? How much can you spend? Almost all used campers are money pits.
It's worth it if you camp a lot or if you love Airstreams.
__________________

__________________
mandolindave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2014, 10:31 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
adonh's Avatar

 
1976 31' Sovereign
Missouri City , Texas
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,233
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 6
Based on the information you provided I would have to say no it is not road ready. The running gear is just one of the things that will need to be looked at and either repaired or replaced. You still have to consider, water lines, holding tank, frame separation, flooring rot, fixtures and appliances, AC/furnace and electrical. Good luck. Pictures would help.
__________________
Don Hardman
1976 31' Sovereign
adonh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2014, 10:41 AM   #4
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
Colin H's Avatar
 
1957 30' Sovereign of the Road
1959 28' Ambassador
1949 24' Limited
Peru , New York
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 740
All of the above applies, however don't bother replacing the bearings & brakes as it will need axles anyway. Towing it home shouldn't be an issue as long as you check the bearings to make sure they're ok. We have discussed this & more, numerous times on The Vintage Airstream Podcast | Vintage Trailer Restoration .

Colin
Colin H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2014, 10:41 AM   #5
Rivet Monster
 
wahoonc's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1980 31' Excella II
Sprung Leak , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 7,174
Images: 40
Short Answer... No

At bare minimum just to move it you will probably need tires, brakes and the bearing repacked. Then there is a whole laundry list of things that will need to be checked.

Aaron
__________________
....so many Airstreams....so little time...
WBCCI #XXXX AIR #2495
Why are we in this basket...and where are we going
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
OFF the road... SteveSueMac On The Road... 25 09-24-2014 11:13 AM
Need help with road trip from Oregon through ID, MT, WY, & Banff Canada Chad-sarah On The Road... 14 11-17-2011 11:22 AM
State Bridge to Kremmling road quality tlcbuilder On The Road... 3 07-02-2011 01:55 PM
The Road to San Antonio Foiled Again Solo Streamers 5 06-04-2011 11:25 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.